So its January and after half a season we are top of the league (Say we are top of the league!) and still in all the cups. The transfer window is now well and truly open, but it seems Arsene is unlikely to purchase… boooooo!
We thrive on transfer gossip, and I would love us to sign a Benzema or a Michah Richards but if i’m honest, I don’t think Wenger really needs anyone.
Almunia is now our established number one after putting in some solid performances. The defence seems to trust him and I think the crowd has warmed to him.
Eduardo may have just extinguished any chance of Anelka returning with some ice cold finishing (Did you see what I did with that one?) and putting ten goals to his name. Left back and right back are sorted. Senderos and JD look likely to cover Kolo’s absence, pending injury to one of those two Gilberto could slot in there (Heaven forbid) and we are suitably stacked out in midfield!
I think I’ve covered every position?
Quiet already! I hear you… LEFT WINGER you scream! We need wingers!
Do we really though? It seems to be the in thing with Gooners this year. The need for a left winger who can stretch defences. Don’t you think we are creating enough chances anyway? We have a pretty good goal difference, so as much as I’d like to see a nippy winger in there, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Anyway who would you sign on the wing? Who could make a difference halfway through a season? And please, lets not have any chants of Messi or Ronaldo in the comments section! Oh and Dimitriov or whatever his name is would not be bought for now, so forget him for a quick fix!
My worry at the moment is the Flamster. He is in the same position as Edu was a few years back, except Edu was 28 and very injury prone. The Flamster is 24 and about to hit is prime. Arsene, if you’re reading (He does according to Geoff’s inside source)… pay him whatever he wants because ManU paid £17 million for Hargreaves who isn’t half the player Flamini is! We don’t want another ‘Soleduwiltordpires’ type scenario!
Connelly has just left, fully justifying his billing as the next John Terry… cue outrage… cue media bleatings of Arsenal hate English players… cue ‘bore me later’ retorts from me.
People are saying he wasn’t given a chance, unlike Flamini and Song. Well, my belief is that if a player is going to make the grade, he will be loaned to a big Championship club (Birmingham – Nikki B) or a Premiership club (Song – Charlton).
For me, if you get loaned out to Colchester, you are being put in the shop window (Kerrea Gilbert – Southend). If you go to Colchester as a centre back and get played as a right back because you are struggling, you are probably not good enough and finally, if you get sold and the only bidder is QPR… you are not good enough. Be under no illusion guys, Premiership clubs scout our reserve team (Harry Redknapp said so a few months back and Roeder said he was looking at Traore for Newcastle here).
My last word on the subject is the ‘He is an England Under-21’, he must be good! Let me run some names past you before we get into that argument… Carl Cort, Francis Jeffers, Shola Ameobi, Matt Jansen, Daniel Cadamateri and Andy Impey! I’m not saying great players come through for the Under 21’s, I’m just saying it means nothing and remember the players I mentioned received the caps, Connelly hasn’t yet.
Gallas made a cryptic statement in an interview yesterday, he said,
I don’t really expect us to sign anyone. I think everything is fine. Perhaps if one player does leave then we have to buy, but if that is not the case then I think everything is okay as we are.
Who would that one player be Mr Gallas? Diarra, Gilberto or are you talking about Jens (Maybe he is talking about the rock that was Connelly… Saviour of English football… King amongst men!)? Who knows!
So, January is the month of the Cup game!
Sunday: Burnley (a) (FAC R3)
9 Jan: Tottenham (h) (CC SF1)
12 Jan: Birmingham (h)
19 Jan: Fulham (a)
22 Jan: Tottenham (a) (CC SF2).
26 Jan: ??? (FAC R4)
29 Jan: Newcastle (H)
Hopefully we’ll still be in all of them come Feb without any serious injuries! Its not a bad run of games before the build up to Meeelan is it?!
Have a good day Grovers!